Super Lucky’s Tale will be Extra Super at PAX West

Who’s going to PAX? Lucky is! If you’re going to PAX West in Seattle this weekend and have been hoping to play Super Lucky’s Tale, you’re in for a treat! While it isn’t the first event this summer featuring a playable demo of our charming platform game for the Xbox One family of devices, it’s set to be the most memorable experience yet. That’s because everyone who comes to play Super Lucky’s Tale at the Xbox booth (4th floor, North Hall) will get a special coin that operates a fantastic claw machine of prizes! There’s all sorts of wonderful things…

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Bringing Communities Together: Xamarin MVPs Join the Microsoft MVP Award Program

The Microsoft MVP Award Program and Xamarin MVP Program share a common bond in recognizing leaders who make outstanding contributions to the technical communities. In fact, the Xamarin developer community was inspired by its Microsoft counterpart, and we’ve taken steps to bring our communities closer together, including recognizing Microsoft MVPs for their work with Xamarin.   With agility in our DNA, we’re continuing to move forward in our mission to recognize the very best community leaders. With…

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New devices and Windows Mixed Reality headsets unveiled at IFA 2017, Cortana and Alexa collaborate and Skype TX wins an Emmy® Award — Weekend Reading: Sept. 1 edition

In this edition of Weekend Reading, you’ll read about IFA 2017 and the vast array of devices revealed at the event, a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Amazon, Skype TX receiving the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award and more. Microsoft delivered a keynote at the IFA 2017 consumer electronics show in Berlin on Friday, Sept. 1. You…

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Samsung and Xbox Partner to Provide a Better 4K Gaming Experience

Xbox and Samsung are teaming up to utilize Samsung’s flagship premium lineup of QLED TVs as the official 4K TV partner for the highly-anticipated Xbox One X. Kicking off at E3 2017 in June, attendees experienced, for the first time ever, breathtaking true 4K HDR gaming on the Xbox One X and Samsung QLED TVs. Now gamers in the United States can experience the power of the Xbox One X on QLED 4K TVs at various Xbox and Samsung marketing and retail locations through the rest of the year. “The arrival of true 4K UHD gameplay on the Xbox One…

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IoT Tools for Learner, Hobbyist and Professional

Last week we highlighted a great IoT tools Visual Studio Magazine article by Terrence Dorsey in our IoT and Visual Studio post.

Today we’re highlighting a post from our IoT Developers blog by Zhidi Shang, again about IoT devices and tools for the hobbyist and professional

IoT Developers, Check Out These Development Tools!

Many developers have heard about the buzz: Internet of Things (IoT).  As a standalone IT field, IoT has attracted lots of attentions for its huge potentials. But the ecosystem of IoT is too complicated and fragmented, leaving people easily get lost.

IoT Developers Need Tools

At Microsoft, with our offerings on Microsoft Azure IoT, we realized that there is a big gap for developers to be more productive when they develop the IoT applications on public cloud like Azure. We encountered different type of developers: traditional embedded developers who are familiar with C-based technical stack and want to learn and prototype cloud applications; mobile and cloud application developers who are comfortable developing in cloud using the popular tech stacks, but feel challenging handling hardware, drivers and firmware; traditional enterprise software developers who often need to integrate their legacy system with new technical stacks on device or in cloud.

In order to help them to succeed on public cloud, for the past months, we developed different tools to help IoT developers to be productive on Microsoft Azure.

Tools for IoT Developers to Learn and to Prototype

For developers who come from other software background, and new to IoT, we provided the following tools for them to effectively get started about developing IoT application on Microsoft Azure, and turn their IoT ideas into reality by leveraging the cloud services Microsoft Azure can offer:

MXChip IoT Developer Kit …

Visual Studio Code Extension for Arduino …

“Happy Path” Get Started Tutorials …

Online Device Simulator …

Tools for Professional IoT Developers

For developers who are developing in a team with real-world IoT applications, we provided tools to empower them to easily develop, test, debug, monitor and operate the IoT applications on Microsoft Azure. Some of the tools we have released or will release soon:

Azure IoT Gateway/Edge SDK packages …

IoT connected service extension for Visual Studio …

We Want Developers to Use the Tools

We are actively reaching out to the developer community to learn their real pain points and tooling needs when developing IoT application in public cloud. We work hard to continuously improve our existing tools, add new tools to our portfolio. And we work with community contributors through the projects we open sourced to exemplify our goal: Develop by the Developers, for the Developers.

Our biggest rewards and incentives are that developers use our tools everyday to help their IoT development.

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